Marcel, a 13-year-old homeschooled kid from Santa Cruz, California, is wasting no time in getting into the music blogging game. (He lists The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, My Bloody Valentine, Pavement, Pink Floyd, and Bob Dylan as his favorite artists—a good foundation for a 13-year-old.) He already has his own blog and a YouTube channel where he posts sporadic interviews with artists like Milo Greene, Ty Segall, and James Williamson of Iggy & The Stooges. Yesterday he posted an interview with Deafheaven’s George Clarke and Kerry McCoy, recorded last month at the C2SV Music And Technology Conference in San Jose. And though Marcel is green and conducting extremely lo-fi interviews—buy an external microphone with a windscreen, kid—he’s admirably cutting his teeth talking to big names. He gets the Deafheaven guys talking about the first influential records they bought (way to mention AFI’s Black Sails In The Sunset), how Bret Easton Ellis’ Less Than Zero inspired parts of Sunbather, and the story behind standout track “The Pecan Tree.” It’s an adorable and informative interview with a plucky kid who’s following his dream and a band down to earth enough to take the situation seriously and treat him like any other journalist.
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